James Pearson at St Martin in the Fields
This is what the venue have to say….
James Pearson is regarded as one of the world’s most talented pianists. His diverse career has seen extraordinary musical achievements. He has given numerous concerts in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and Liverpool Philarmonic Hall and broadcast on all the major radio and television networks, including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2 on Classic FM, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue on BBC Radio 2. He has performed with Principal Bass of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Dominic Seldis for over 15 years in the country’s top music halls, and local music clubs and societies.
His work as a Jazz musician has taken him all over the world, including most of the USA, and Europe, in the major jazz clubs such as ‘Birdland’ (NYC). His fine piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums. He has played with the great heroes of jazz including Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing, Marian Montgomery, Petula Clark, John Wilson, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Stewart, Buddy Grecco, Johnny Griffin, Joseph Horowitz, and Richard Rodney Bennett, to name but a few, and the great late Sir John Dankworth has said of him “James Pearson shows moments of genius, his improvising is only comparable to the great jazz legends like Oscar Peterson and George Shearing”.
As Artistic Director and house pianist of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, besides playing there regularly with the world’s leading jazz artists, James is also repsonsible for booking the entire calendar of gigs. James also works frequently with Kevin Spacey and has recorded his own song with Joss Stone on vocals. His film work as a musical advisor and performer includes ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘Alfie’ (the remake with Jude law), and ‘Beyond the Sea’. James’s work as a composer and arranger is multi-faceted. He has arranged and composed original music for BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Big Band, and a whole host more. His future plans include a commission from the BFI for the entire score for ‘The Big Smoke’, a film about London through the ages, to be premiered in June.
An Evening with James Pearson.
The critically acclaimed pianist James Pearson, artistic director at Ronnie Scott’s, is well known for his great piano improvisations, these will be interspersed with witty anecdotes from ‘life behind the keys’. Tonight he treats us to jazz classics such as Mood Indigo, In a Mellowtone and Maple Leaf Ragtogether with his own jazz interpretations of classical masterpieces by Rachmaninov, Beethoven and Chopin. As usual with a Pearson performance you can expect the unexpected and be in for a real treat hearing a master at work…
“A true star” The Times
“Pearson puts a smile on everyone’s face” London Evening Standard
“Head and shoulders above the rest of his contemporaries” Sir John Dankworth
Ticket includes a glass of house wine or soft drink in Café in the Crypt before the concert
Concert lasts one hour without an interval
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